Tornado turned in their best performance of the season to trounce table topping Langton Green 4-0. It was an early start for the teams on a sunny Sunday morning but it was Sevenoaks who were the ones awake. They were quick out of traps and were straight after their opponents from the whistle. They couldn’t settle and the pressure Sevenoaks imposed was paying off as their hosts could not string any passes together. Tornado were making good progress sown the flanks and within a few minutes they took the lead. A determined and impressive Marcus Overd got hold off the ball and slid the ball into the box for Joe Ryder to run onto. He couldn’t miss but still finished calmly to put Tornado into the lead.
Within a few minutes, that lead was doubled. Dan Knowles , solid in the middle of defence all match, put a super ball into Ty Chambers, who caused all sorts of problems to the defenders throughout the game. He quickly slipped it out to the left into the past of Overd who shot beyond the keeper to make it 2-0.
Langton Green then woke up and they had a good period of pressure. They have scored a lot of goals this season but today it just wasn’t to be. They pressed forward and had a number of chances but hit the bar with their best chance and had a couple of others just slid past the posts. The Tornado defence worked hard and kept the other side at bay. As the half drew to a close Sevenoaks began to reassert their opening authority. On the brink of half time Ty found himself on the edge of the box and shot towards the goal, the keeper parried the ball but it squirmed out of his grasp and despite his best efforts slid over the line and the referee awarded a goal.
In previous matches against this team, Sevenoaks have had good leads only for Langton Green to roar back at them. The team were warned that it was only half time and not to discount their rattled opponents.
The home team did come at them but Sevenoaks rode the storm and maintained their composure getting in key blocks, important tackles and breaking fast when the chances arose as Langton Green pushed forward. The team worked their socks off, they communicated well and attacked at speed with great interplay between the players. Eddie Adams distributing the ball well in his new role at centre back, pushing forward when he had the chance. Half way through the half Sevenoaks broke down the left. Mylo Winter broke into the box from the by-line and put the ball into Ty. With quick feet he created a chance out of very little and in a blink of an eye the ball nestled in the back of the net. That completely took the winds out of the hosts and Sevenoaks could have added to their total on a number of occasions in the last ten minutes but failed to capitalise. In the last minute Sevenoaks were awarded a penalty, Ty took it with a chance for a hat-trick but his shot bounced off the bar and away in the last incident of the game.
A super performance today from the team. They have had an up and down season yet have a three wins out of four record against the two teams above them, with a 12-3 goal aggregate. Today they showed those results were no flukes.